British Police Force Considering Teslas to Battle Polluted London Air

The police force in Dubai may drive Lamborghinis and Bugattis, but Scotland Yard, London’s police, could be getting a chic update with the possibility of a fleet of Tesla cars and motorcycles.

Officials at Scotland Yard plan to swap 250 of its gas-powered vehicles for electric models within the next 12 months, and its entire 4,000-car fleet could soon be completely electric as the city battles air pollution. In addition, the force will include revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as emergency response cars for the first time in the UK. Among other options being tested are hydrogen scooters for police officers patrolling bus lanes and roads.

Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe indicated the possibility of a Tesla fleet when he disclosed that he had spoken to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk is the only CEO that Hogan-Howe mentioned talking to, but police officials said there are discussions with “nearly all car manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes, Nissan, Renault and VW to test vehicles ranging from cars to mopeds and van.”

Currently, the police force is testing BMW’s C-Evolution electric scooter, which Jiggs Bharij, the head of the force’s fleet services, said police drivers like, because it is a quick vehicle.

This comes as a direct response to serious concerns about the London air pollution, which has been a problem for decades and has even resulted in the famous London Smog of 1952. Recently, London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued “black” and “very high” warning for parts of London that were affected by air pollution. “Black” also means a 10/10 on the air pollution scale, meaning that “adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity,” according to experts from King’s College London.

No word on whether Scotland Yard could turn into MI6 with some Aston Martins.

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